Is this for real, a Dodge Charger with a four-banger? The Chrysler just announced today that it will be releasing a variant of the 2011 Dodge Charger wearing the TBi moniker, which refers to as “Turbocharged Boosted Induction”. Seriously, what’s wrong with a more efficient V6 engine? This is blasphemy to the Dodge god, if there is one.
The 2011 Dodge Charger TBi will be powered by a 1.75-liter four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine that come from the Alfa Romeo, which Chrysler has been partnered with since the Fiat 500 exchange program. What we know so far is that this little four-banger is currently equipped in the Alfa models such as the Giulietta,159, and the upcoming 4C sports coupe.
The turbocharged four-cylinder produces about 225 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque. Chrysler claims that the four-cylinder is equally performed that matches or exceeds a 3.0-liter V6 engine. Well, depends on what V6 engines that Chrysler has compared to. If Chrysler compared to V6 engines of the early 2000’s, yes. But if Chrysler compared to V6 engines of today, then that statement is far from the truth. Just take a look at the new V6 engines from the 2011 Mustangs and Camaros, they are powerful engines in the upper 300 horsepower range and still provide exceptional fuel economy of around 30 miles per gallon on the highway.
Anyways, Chrysler claims the Dodge Charger TBi with the new eight-speed automatic “TCT” twin dry clutch transmission can accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 8.1 seconds. And it has an estimated fuel economy rating of 25 mpg city and 32 mpg highway. In comparison with the Dodge Charger equipped with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, it is rated at 18 mpg city and 27 mpg highway.
Either Chrysler is taking a shortcut or trying to save production cost, but we will know soon know enough that this is going to cause an outrage in the Dodge community. Why not try to improve the Pentastar V6 engine to be more fuel efficient? Or maybe Chrysler just doesn’t have enough smart engineers like Ford and GM. Is this one of those April Fools’ jokes?